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Unmissable Attractions When Visiting Edinburgh

By: Xavi Smith

Edinburgh was recently voted the most beautiful city by foreign tourists, and with good reason. It is an eclectic mix of old medieval buildings and Georgian planning, nestled in some of Scotland’s most breath-taking scenery.

First time visitors should take advantage of Edinburgh’s apartment accommodation to make the most of their stay the following are a few attractions not to be missed on a first time visit.

The Royal Mile is an obvious must on any tourist list. By far the easiest way to approach this cobbled road (which is actually 200 yards longer than the normal ‘mile’) is to start your way at the top and roll down to the bottom, taking in the imposing castle, granite buildings, gorgeous views and numerous pubs on the way down. Fans of a pint should make sure to visit ‘End of the World’, the pub that once used to mark the end of Edin-borough – it’s an especially useful calling point on your way back up from Holyrood Palace, another regal beauty.

Following lunch – best to steer clear of the tourist traps and head back to your serviced apartment to eat like a true local – those experiencing an afternoon’s burst of energy could take in the Botanical Gardens, one of the finest in the UK. Those feeling slightly less energetic could take advantage of Edinburgh’s capital-city status to explore some of the finest works of art Scotland has to offer, at the National Gallery complex.

The best way to see these special sites and get a feel for the layout of the city is by an open top bus tour, which enables visitors – especially those here for the first time – to orient themselves with the city’s layout. Split into two halves, it also means you are spoilt for choice accommodation wise, with hotel rooms and serviced apartments ranging from 18th century suites with views out the Firth of Forth to medieval townhouses that back onto the castle ramparts. For those with a little more time to spare, consider a trip out to Leith, where some of the best freshly caught fish can be found.

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My name is Xavi Smith and I love to write about the city of Edinburgh and Scotland. If you are also interested in tips about Edinburgh accommodation or Edinburgh apartments , don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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